Wires Associated with Edward Hebern

Wires Associated with Edward Hebern

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The American inventor Edward Hebern (1869-1952) designed a series of machines for encrypting messages. The Smithsonian collections include a few of these as part of accession 1991.0190. Like many inventors, Hebern accumulated a variety of spare parts. These are some of them, part of museum transaction 1991.3033.
These four wires are covered with black plastic. Three have lettered lugs at both ends. One of them is attached to part of a relay. The fourth wire is double, has lugs, and has no letters.
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Object Name
Edward Hebern
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 2 cm x 28 cm x 16 cm; 25/32 in x 11 1/32 in x 6 5/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Credit Line
Gift of T. Scripps Downing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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